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Fake News and False Christs

May 08, 2017
Fake News and False Christs
With its upcoming elections in June, the United Kingdom has recently requested that Facebook begin to aggressively address the issue of "fake news" that some believe helped influence the U.S. elections in November 2016.

In its most recent attempt to raise awareness, Facebook has published advertisements in leading newspapers, providing tips for spotting so-called fake news. In addition, Facebook is employing a variety of other methods to identify and remove fake news articles from users' newsfeeds. These include relying on third-party fact checkers. According to Simon Milner, Facebook's UK director of policy, "People want to see accurate information on Facebook—and so do we."

The question remains, however: Who or what is the final arbitrator of real news?

While fake news is a trending topic these days, our world has been assaulted by lies since the beginning. Revelation tells us that the devil was cast out of heaven and came to the earth as a deceiver (Revelation 12:9). His earthly work of deception began in Eden, and he has continued to spread false claims about God throughout the world. The devil has also worked to counterfeit every gift God has given us, including the Sabbath.

It's no surprise then that Jesus warned the disciples that in the last days "there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24) How can we identify the false from the true, the counterfeit from the original?

In order to find our way through the maze of information and end up at the truth, we must rely on the Bible as our surest guide. As we study God's Word, He has promised to guide us into all truth (John 16:13) and enable us to identify error and choose the right course for our lives.

Would you like to find out more about what the Bible says about identifying Satan's counterfeits and false christs in the last days? Click here to discover the real news!
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